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Mike Tyson Had Different Comeback Fight Set Before Agreeing To Face Roy Jones Jr

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Mike Tyson Had Different Comeback Fight Set Before Agreeing To Face Roy Jones Jr

Mike Tyson had agreed to fight former MMA star Bob Sapp before penning a deal to face Roy Jones Jr.

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But 'Iron' Mike was originally planned to meet Sapp, who starred in The Longest Yard and fought legendary fighters in Pride during his MMA career.

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Image: PA
Image: PA

Sapp, 46, was set to fight the former world heavyweight champion after Tyson's brother-in-law convinced him to accept a bout against the 6 ft 5 powerhouse.

Tyson revealed: "My brother-in-law said: 'Listen, I know you don't wanna fight, but would you fight Bob Sapp? Somebody wants to offer you a lot of money to fight Bob Sapp.'

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"I said, 'get outta here, I told people I don't fight no more.'

"Then my mind went 'ding! - What are the actual rules they want to fight under? Will they box me under the Marquis of Queensberry?'

"They said yes and I said, yes I'll fight him."

Of course, Tyson vs. Sapp failed to materialise with the 54-year-old agreeing to meet Jones Jr in an exhibition bout.

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The eight-round clash is scheduled to take place at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, on September 12.

The bout can only be determined by a knockout with no judges scoring the contest.

They won't be wearing headgear, but will be wearing larger than normal gloves.

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It has also been disclosed that the contest will be stopped if either fighter receives a cut, according to California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster.

Foster explained: "Tyson and Jones Jr won't be wearing headgear for the fight.

"They'll be lacing up 12-ounce gloves and there won't be any judges present at the fight to score the action.

"So, technically there won't be a winner unless a knockout somehow occurs. Or, either fighter is deemed unfit to continue."

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He added: "They can move around and make some money, but I told them 'if you get cut, it's over.'"

Featured Image Credit: Mike Tyson/YouTube

Topics: Mike Tyson, Boxing News, Roy Jones Jr, Boxing, Fight News

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